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I was born in1957 and raised in North Carolina's rural Appalachian Mountains. As a child growing up, it was a very humble experience musically. It seemed that everyone played music of some sort. Most of my neighbors and relatives alike had a guitar or a banjo hanging on their wall, making "get-togethers" welcome and common. I remember Stanley Bros, Bill Monroe and Hank Williams were King at that time, while some of my older cousins and friends were fascinated with the new age music like The Beatles, Fats Domino, The Rolling Stones and Elvis, not to mention Motown was widely liked as well. All were inspirations to me.
At an early age I recall Traditional Folk Songs were some of the first songs I learned. My mother played guitar and was very much an inspiration and support for my interests and abilities in music. Not only did she allow me to play her guitar, she showed me a 'C' chord. Then a buddy showed me an 'E' cord. For the most part, I just watched close and fumbled around a lot until the tones of the guitar became natural and embedded. As for one-on-one guitar lessons, I never had any. That's about all I got throughout my life. So my skills are all self taught.
During my teen years, while in school, writing had become my favorite course. I always kept a notebook at hand to jot down any rhyme or phrase that came to mind. To this day I still keep a notebook nearby and continue to write frequently. I Recall the first song I had ever written, "Blue-Eyed Son," and other inspiring songs at the time from Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin. Let’s not forget Guitar Bar Cords. Rhymes and catchy phrases had become pretty natural for me. Just add 3-4 chords and ya got a song.
I have never really felt comfortable as a musician playing cover songs. While songwriting is my forte, I have, never the less, enjoyed performing original and cover songs with musicians and bands across many genres including: Blues, Rock, Metal and Country. Most bands I performed with enjoyed somewhat moderate success throughout the southeastern United States. It brings me great honor to have had the opportunity to share the stage at many gigs with several famous recording artists, including: 1980's band called "Madness" with there international one-hit-wonder "Our House"; "Slaughter" an 80's hard rock act; Southern Rock's, "Molly Hatchet" and "Foghat"; "Bob Margolin" An American Electric Blues Guitarist; Donald Eugene Lytle AKA "Johnny Paycheck" country music's major force for the "Outlaw Movement"; Country and Bluegrass Singer and Musician, Producer, and Composer "Ricky Scaggs"; World Renowned American R&B and Soul singer "Percy Sledge"; and the versatile singer-songwriter "Livingston Taylor".
I am proud to be a multi-styled guitarist and a superior song-writer, with a strong musical background in many genres. My goal is to continue to be a solo singer and songwriter, and enjoy bringing myself and others happiness and emotion with a traditional musical experience that communicates with artistic expression. Currently I have teamed up with Producer Ed Dotson of Bomber Recordz for a planned 2013 CD release focused mainly on Acoustic Americana, and capturing my personal style and spirit, the essence of a true American Singer Songwriter.